The Material Handling & Logistics Roadmap

Yesterday was the public announcement of an exciting process I have been involved in for the past six months—a U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling & Logistics. I have joined forces with industry executives as Editor-in-Chief for the project, and I need your help.

The Roadmap is a process, not just a document. The plan is to gather thought leaders from industry, academia, and government in four, two-day workshops to identify the challenges and opportunities facing the logistics industry in the next 10 years. Workshops will be held in Atlanta, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Chicago.

The workshops will have zero lecture content (three cheers!).  Instead, we will hold roundtable discussions around three major questions:

  1. What are the current trends and challenges facing the logistics industry in the next three, five, and ten year periods?
  2. What capabilities should the industry develop in response to those challenges? And,
  3. What actions must we take now in order to develop those capabilities?

Our goal is to create community and then produce a document that represents the vision of the entire industry, and which can be used by industry leaders and government policy makers to make strategic investment and policy decisions. We are following in the footsteps of the robotics industry, which developed a roadmap about five years ago that was well-received in Congress and created a new sense of community among disparate robotics groups.

We are seeking executives, directors, senior academics, and  policy makers with a vital interest in the future of logistics. Participation will be limited to about 30 people per workshop, so please apply soon. I will offer more thoughts in future posts. Please join us!

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